Posted Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Elisa Leone of Kinnelon High School, Margot Anton of Randolph High School, and Alyssa Smith of Morris Knolls High School were named the top three finishers today in the Morris County Clerk’s annual cover art contest for the 2016 edition of the Morris County Manual — the go-to booklet for county and municipal government information.

1st Elisa Rose Leone2nd Margot Anton3rd Alyssa Smith












This year’s issue of the 2016 Morris County Manual represents the 110th year the manual has been published by the Office of the Morris County Clerk. While its design and content has changed throughout the decades, one thing has remained constant; the manual’s objective is to provide centralized resources for officials and residents concerning their government.

Established 275 years ago to record every conveyance of property within the county, the County Clerk’s Office has progressed to provide an array of additional services, including election responsibilities, officiating over marriages, issuing County and Veteran Identification Cards, accepting Notary Public registrations and administration of oaths, and processing U.S. Passports.

Creating the County Manual also has become an essential task. The approximately 70-page booklet (it also can be found online) is filled with key names and contact information of county freeholders, county government officials, congressional and legislative representatives, members of county authorities, boards and commissions, plus personnel in all 39 municipalities.

County Clerk Ann Grossi hosted a ceremony today for the winning entrees, among some 250 cover creations that poured into her Morristown Office. Covers filled with patriotic themes filled the walls of a county office, where the event occurred.

Elisa Leone, County Clerk Ann Grossi, and Margot Anton

(l/r) Elisa Rose Leone, County Clerk Ann Grossi, and Margot Anton (Alyssa Smith was ill and did not attend the ceremony)

“We are fortunate to have so many bright and talented students from across Morris County participate in this annual contest, showing off their artistic skills and mixing those skills with the history of our county,’’ said Grossi.

  • Kinnelon High School sophomore Elisa Rose Leone won the $500 first prize for a patriotic cover that featured a large portrait of George Washington imposed over an American flag.
  • Randolph High School senior Margot Anton won the $300 second prize for a creation of George Washington riding his horse in a Colonial scene.
  • Morris Knolls student, Alyssa Smith, won the third place prize of $100 for her vivid depiction of an eagle carrying an American flag that rippled in the breeze.

Students in all Morris County high schools are invited to participate in the contest. Last year’s winners attended the Morris County School of Technology, Morristown High School, and Morris Knolls.

Judges this year included Harding Mayor Nicolas Platt, Morris Plains Mayor Frank Druetzler, Laura Ali of Chatham, and two members of the County Clerk’s staff.

To view the 2015 Morris County Manual, visit:

The 2016 version will be printed and put on line in the next several weeks.